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Topic - Sri Srinivasan
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Nina Pillard to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That party-line vote followed the committee's hearing earlier this month on District Judge Robert Wilkins' nomination to the D.C. Circuit, the committee's party-line vote in favor of Patty Millett's nomination in August, and the Senate's confirmation of the D.C. Circuit's newest judge, Sri Srinivasan, in May. If this sounds like an unusual flurry of activity for one tiny court, that's because President Obama has made tilting the court's political balance a high priority for his second term.
In a setback for the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday voided an anti-prostitution provision in the federal anti-AIDS funding program.
A combative President Obama declared open warfare Tuesday on Senate Republicans over judicial nominations, naming three candidates to the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and blasting GOP lawmakers for delaying and blocking previous nominees.
Raising the stakes in a long-simmering battle with Senate Republicans, President Obama Tuesday nominated three more judicial candidates to serve on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a White House official confirmed.
The Senate on Thursday finally confirmed President Obama's first judicial nominee to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will push to confirm more judges to the federal appeals court in Washington after that court ruled this year that President Obama's broad use of recess appointment powers was unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday as it wrestled with the right of the U.S. government to ask for a pledge against prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition for HIV/AIDS organizations to get taxpayers' money.
A Bush-era rule that forbids some federal AIDS money to go to groups unless they "explicitly" oppose prostitution and sex trafficking is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
Gay marriage is on trial but it was the Obama administration facing the heat as the Supreme Court began the second of two days of landmark oral arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage.
The government can and does set restrictions on its funding programs to find the best "partners" for its efforts, and it is reasonable to ask groups receiving funds to fight AIDS to also oppose prostitution and sex trafficking, said Mr. Srinivasan, who represented the Agency for International Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
No one is forced to accept the government's view — unless it wants the HIV/AIDS funding, Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan said in his defense of the pledge, which is contained in the U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003.